Sure.So your question is really: What is the point of an iPad having a compass?
Well, it is a great mystery then.Sure.
The woods thing, I guess so. But I really don't think thats why they put that in there. Plus, if you were really camping, I'd guess you'd probably have a real compass then relying on one that could die in 10 hours? Maybe I'm wrong .
In the maps app if you click the blue dot it tells you what direction you're facing and shows what road you're on. That is very useful.Well, it is a great mystery then.
More seriously. What is the point of an iPhone having a compass? It is a separate app, and the results of the compass don't seem to enhance the Maps app or GPS data.
So it seems like GPS and a Compass together in the same device is worthless, no? So why not have a compass in a device that doesn't have GPS?
9.7" is perfectly legal as long as it doesn't obstruct your view nor is a distraction.Is there a legal restriction for GPS devices in-car? I'd imagine 9.7" is against the law in at least California.
LOL. Well I guess they left it out cause the ipad is not an iphone 3gs.You find yourself lost in the woods, all that's with you is a fully charged iPad. Ten hours later, you have found your way home.
Magnetometer...the compass will also be used (eventually) by some innovative app developers combined with the accelerometers for games which can determine which direction you are facing - not just up, down, left, right, etc
Actually it is "true GPS" or whatever phrase you'd use. It just uses cell towers to find a general position quickly before using the satellite for the more precise location. In my experience it's much better than something like a handheld Garmin which can totally freak out and take minutes to find itself if you, say, turn it off in California then turn it back on again halfway across the country.Also, what good is 'assisted GPS' on the iPad 3G? Doesn't that mean that it doesn't really have a 'GPS receiver' but fakes it through your spatial distances from cell towers? Can't they call it, if that is what it is, something more truthful like 'Triangulation' or 'slightly better than your husband's directions'? I mean, come on... I can get something the size of a watch that has 'true GPS' and a real receiver and is pretty damned accurate and what does the iPad do???